Texas Basketball vs. Louisiana: Prediction and odds college basketball

Timmy Allen, Texas basketball Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports
Timmy Allen, Texas basketball Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports /

One of the final games remaining on the schedule before Big 12 play begins for No. 7 Texas basketball and acting head coach Rodney Terry is upcoming on Dec. 21. Texas is set to host the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and head coach Bob Marlin at the brand new Moody Center in Austin.

Terry and the Longhorns come into this game following a double-digit win over the Stanford Cardinal in the PAC-12 Coast to Coast Challenge at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Dec. 18. The win over Stanford gives Texas a record of 9-1 (0-0 Big 12) coming into this matchup against Louisiana. Texas is also riding a three-game winning streak.

Meanwhile, Louisiana comes into this game with a record of 10-1 (0-0 Sun Belt) following a 78-70 win over the road over the McNeese State Cowboys on Dec. 15. Louisiana has won five straight games heading into this matchup against the Longhorns.

Here’s a look at the betting odds and game prediction as Texas gets set to host Louisiana at home at the Moody Center in Austin on Dec. 21, with the tip-off time set for 7 p.m. CT.

Texas basketball vs. Louisiana: Odds for Dec. 21

Texas is an 18.5-point favorite over Louisiana ahead of tip-off and the over/under is set at 142.5 (per FanDuel).

The moneyline favors Texas (-3500) over Louisiana (+1280).

According to the ESPN Basketball Power Index, Texas has a 94.7 percent chance of beating Louisiana.

Texas vs. Louisiana prediction

Louisiana is going to be one of the more formidable non-major conference teams that Texas faces during the non-conference slate. Think of a gritty team with something to prove, such as what the Longhorns faced when the Rice Owls took them to overtime last week.

Texas is about to face a high-scoring team that ranks 13th in the country, averaging 84.5 points per game. Lousiana shoots the three-ball at an extremely high clip at 41.0 percent on the season.

The former Arizona Wildcats All-Sun Belt big man Jordan Brown is the star of the team, as he’s averaging a whopping 20 points per game, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks. Texas must be able to limit Brown down low if this team wants to control this game against Louisiana.

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It bodes well for the Longhorns that the seniors on this team, such as guard Marcus Carr and forward Timmy Allen, are stepping up through a tumultuous time for the program. I see this upperclassman duo leading Texas to a double-digit win over Louisiana where the Longhorns don’t fully cover the spread.

Final score prediction: Texas-83, Louisiana-71